About the Office of Experiential Learning

The Office of Experiential Learning (OEL) works to organize, amplify, and accelerate the practice and impact of experiential learning for MIT students—bringing the spirit of Mens et Manus to life.

Give us a shout if you have questions, comments, or ideas to share! Kate Trimble, Senior Associate Dean Director, Office of Experiential Learning, 617-324-5176 (office) ktrimble@mit.edu

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Structured experiential learning opportunities enable students to effectively manage complexity and ambiguity; encounter and wrestle with authentic ethical dilemmas; understand and value different perspectives; and reflect on their purpose and aspirations in life. Experiential learning can also contribute positively to students’ future engagement at work and long-term well-being (Gallup-Purdue Index Report 2014).

OEL works to support, improve, and grow experiential learning opportunities; develop and implement new pedagogical, curricular, and advising models; and create a more intentional, integrated, and impactful ecosystem within the Institute.

Recently, we’ve created a resource guide to help hands-on programs make the switch to virtual; launched a new class designed to teach ethics in real-world settings; and created a new initiative that is making sure that every undergraduate has access to a funded experiential learning opportunity (ELO). (And yeah, we coined a new acronym along the way…)

Last but definitely not least, we’re home to four awesome experiential learning centers and programs: D-Lab, the Edgerton Center, PKG Public Service Center, and UROP.